BagelC cravings are extinguished morning, noon, and night at Reuben's Delicatessen, with a menu composed of New York–style deli fare. Dine in on slow-cooked baked brisket ($13.95) in between bites of the complimentary kosher pickles at each table, or carry out a Reuben ($11.95) to enjoy over American Gladiator reenactments in your backyard. Other sammiches include a half-pound corned beef ($10.95) or a half-pound pastrami ($10.95), both of which go perfectly with a bowl of matzo-ball soup ($3.95). Or try a custom-made salad ($8.95) for a meal that's not bookended by slices of bread. Wash down dining with a Dr. Brown's Soda ($1.95) before concluding the culinary concerto with the four-piece rugelah ($3.95) or the babka ($4.95).
Coached by former player Ken Gernander, the Whale (formerly the Hartford Wolf Pack) aim to claw their way up the AHL standings with the help of center Kris Newbury's near-omniscient ice vision, right wing Jeremy Williams's smoke-trailed slap shots, and Lee Baldwin's Plexiglass-bending defensive checks. As you watch the two teams lacerate the ice, exploit power plays, and practice kinetic dentistry, you might just see a future NHL superstar emerge from the ranks. The Whale's throngs of cheering families and letter-painted torsos are guaranteed an exhilarating spectacle regardless of which team wins, which is more than can be said for most flying-saucer invasions.
Clean & Green Cleaning Service's roving band of dirt demolishers launches crusades against household grime with earth-friendly products and methods. With up to three hours of cleaning, a hawkeyed maid scans surfaces for accumulating filth, dusting fixtures, vacuuming floors, and carefully polishing chrome busts of Darth Vader. A spritz of natural, nontoxic solutions gussies up kitchen sinks, appliances, and ovens while sanitizing showers and bathtubs. Thorough cobweb removal evicts spiders from the house, forcing them to seek part-time employment as spooky carnival-attraction actors.
The owners of Vero Pizza chose the name vero, meaning "true" or "real", to reflect their food philosophy. Each pizza, salad, and panini sandwich is prepared with locally farmed produce, all-natural meats, unbleached flours, and artisan-baked breads. Diners may split specialty pizzas such as the Picante with buffalo chicken, blue cheese, and celery while sipping a glass of wine or beer brought from home.
The Play Escape entertains kids with three stories of ball pits, oversize slides, climbing areas, and other attractions. With all-access admission (up to a $15.90 value), two sprinting younglings can spend the day racing over colorful obstacles and tossing their 20 tokens (a $5 value) into Dance Dance Revolution machines or the 100-point skee-ball holes, which are rumored to grant wishes and federal funding.